There are two ways to lose friends on Facebook, and they are incredibly similar to the reasons we lose friends in real life: Being annoying (constantly updating with things that are not interesting to others) and being offensive , especially with topics of religion and politics.
The difference between real life and Facebook, the study points out, is the sadness caused by losing friendship, in real life you know how the relationship broke up, while on Facebook many times you do not know it and you are left with the doubt that it was what happened, the study notes.
According to the study, it is much more frequent that those who accepted the friendship are those who end it on Facebook and those who request it are those who are removed from the relationship , this seems to be a reflection of the real world. Research shows that those seeking a friendship with someone tend to have a lower social status than those who are wanted. It may be that the one who accepts the friendship, online or offline, values this relationship less than the other started.
The results of the study seem accurate, and yet I think we cannot compare real friendships with those we have on Facebook. I’m sure we all have a lot more friends on Facebook than we have in real life, yes, I mean true friends. On the other hand, someone may decide to stop being your friend on Facebook because you update too much, but if you find him on the street you will greet him, have a coffee with him and without any qualms and with all the confidence he will tell you that he no longer has you on his Facebook because he was tired of so many topic updates that he wasn’t interested in. The friendship remains intact.
It takes a single click to stop being friends with someone on Facebook, in real life it is very different. The friend’s feelings are taken with greater consideration and his interests in different topics are not priorities in friendship, as are trust, coexistence, respect and mutual support. And to be frank … do you notice when someone stopped being your friend on Facebook?
To avoid losing friends on Facebook, it seems to me that the only thing we have to do is use common sense, right? In my case, I’m not a very frequent user on Facebook, and unlike Twitter, where I constantly update my status with all the topics that interest me (sometimes with a lot of passion), I never talk about politics and religion, besides, I leave aside certain black humor that characterizes me in the micro-blog, the reason? Simple, I think that what I write on Facebook will always be perceived from a different perspective. The impact is taken personally, for example: “My conservative friend is not speaking against the liberals, he is speaking against me, that I am a liberal.” What do you think?